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What exactly makes someone a weeaboo?
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Posted 5/13/13
i was pronouncing it in my head as "wee-ba-woo" instead of "wee-a-boo" which is kinda like halloween or something but either way they're fun to say
Posted 5/13/13
I wonder where that word even came from. XD
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Posted 5/13/13 , edited 5/13/13
Thats stupid... Why the crap are people making words up??
Why should they even care.

Well I love anime,manga and Japanese culture! So they can go use their incompetent, bad grammar somewhere else.
It's not like where I'm from really has something even close to what a creative empire like Japan has :P
Sure we have movies and books but manga and anime is pure art, culture and an intelligent interesting story!
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Posted 5/14/13

Moon_Phase18 wrote:

I really hope I don't offend anyone with this question.

Anyway I was talking with this girl on campus today and we were just sharing our interests. At one point I told her I liked anime and she said "Oh so you're like one of those weeaboos?" I asked her if she knew what it meant and she said she used it towards people who like anime.

I always thought they were people who added in random Japanese words to their sentences? Something like "This is so kawaii desu." Or just people who are completely obsessed with Japanese things and ditch their own culture almost entirely. I love anime and even cosplay, but I don't talk like that nor am I obsessed with Japanese culture. I like it a lot though. It just seems like people use the term on anyone who's interested in anime or Japan and it's frustrating.


....and not to mention that it sounds xenophobic and borderline racist as well.....
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Posted 5/14/13

Although the term weeaboo is rather loosely used today.


This is the source of the problem. The word, as originally "invented", was meant for a fairly specific group of people, but it now gets thrown around for almost anybody who likes anything Japanese. And it tends to stick.
Posted 5/14/13
Japan, why you no love me?
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Posted 5/14/13
I've just thought weeaboos were people who have an obsession with anime. Obsessed douchebags who ruin everything for everyone else exists in every fandom.
Posted 5/14/13
He said she sad
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Posted 5/14/13

Gyava wrote:

I doubt she has any friends whatsoever because she keeps emphasizing that society's "norm" will look down upon others. Looks like someone has had a terrible childhood.


No, that's the thing - her sociology is completely spot on, but that doesn't mean she can just be ignorant in the first instance.

I already knew all that sociology mumbo jumbo, but even when I learnt it in class I asked the teacher "Well if people are just going to shun me for my interests, why should I care about being a functioning member of society?". She had no answer, and I subsequently failed the class. Thank fuck.

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Posted 5/14/13 , edited 5/14/13

Broshmosh wrote:


Gyava wrote:

I doubt she has any friends whatsoever because she keeps emphasizing that society's "norm" will look down upon others. Looks like someone has had a terrible childhood.


No, that's the thing - her sociology is completely spot on, but that doesn't mean she can just be ignorant in the first instance.

I already knew all that sociology mumbo jumbo, but even when I learnt it in class I asked the teacher "Well if people are just going to shun me for my interests, why should I care about being a functioning member of society?". She had no answer, and I subsequently failed the class. Thank fuck.



I think it depends on how you express your interests. What she describes and the pattern of the general society's thinking does apply to some - but not all. If you're not confident about what you express, people aren't obviously going to think that it's normal.

Hell, I don't know a single person who looks down on me for watching anime or collecting things related to it. (Also, I'm trying to simply stick to the subject of anime here)

Society isn't just one ironclad group of people.
If there are people who look down on us, like you said, screw them.

However, I don't consider them the "society" that everybody seems to describe as these days, I just think of them as assholes.
If there is a society that doesn't agree with what you believe in, why not go to a society that doesn't?

Sorry for any typos btw, I'm typing this all up while taking notes in class (on my iPad)
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Posted 5/14/13
so nobody has a clear definition of what it is but still uses it
that's what i call stupidity
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Posted 5/14/13
Ultimately it doesn't matter what anonymous internet types think, so their ambiguous labels they apply to people they don't really know don't matter either.
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Posted 5/14/13

Moon_Phase18 wrote:


I don't see how the thread is idiotic. I didn't think I fully understood what make people classify others as "weeaboo" so I was just asking. No harm in that.



There are plenty of websites that will give you a definition. Asking on Crunchyroll is as good as asking in Church why everyone isn't Christian.

Sure, there's no harm in asking, but similarly there's no harm me thinking the thread is idiotic; I never said you were.

It's especially idiotic since it was almost guaranteed to illicit a response similar to the one I quoted. There's always someone who wants everyone with a passion to hide it as much as they can.
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Posted 5/14/13 , edited 5/14/13
The word has many definitions by different people so it's actually not an official word. But, I don't find anything wrong with what people call "weeaboos." They can be anything they want, they don't need people telling them what they can and can't be. That would be like insulting someone from a different country because they like football and think America ( using this country as an example) is better than their country. Like me, I really like Thailand's culture and I think it's better than America's, what does that make me?
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